Fidgety is something we all tend to be every once in a while. Involuntarily tapping our feet or shaking our legs, somewhat subconscious a fingered play with the hair or fully aware spinning of a pen when bored along the duration of a monotonous class- we all have taken to such actions and activities sometime in our daily lives in utmost ordinariness of them. Or if we have not really ‘fallen prey’ to such almost natural motions along our bodies, we most likely would have been affected by others demonstrating the same. For even in all unremarkableness of them, these activities that are what sums up the behavior of fidgeting is one potentially offsetting premise for a considerable chunk of the human population. It indeed is nothing uncommon to sometimes being unable to bear the mere sight of someone incessantly shaking their legs- an awareness widely encountered enough in the real world to have commanded a term of its own description. Referred to as misokinesia or the ‘hatred of movement’ is this psychological phenomenon in absolute aversion to such small repetitive movements that characterise as fidgeting. In such dubious distinction of it, as well as in such bad rep that associates assertions of fidgeting behavior with unwanted attributes of not paying enough attention in such cases that demands it instead, fidgeting is something that has not been largely furthering of a favourable regard of it.
As something therefore largely downplayed, specifically within the purview of essences as profound as education given its inversely proportional relation to the quintessential attribute of attentiveness as also in such universal disfame of its assertion as one unbearable for many, fidgeting is looked upon as a nuisance of sorts- perhaps an unnecessary aberration to existence itself that drives half the world crazy and the other half to immense disrepute. Also, as a stemming out of discomfort and anxiety as well as in probable being a symptom alluding to health conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and restless leg syndrome (RLS), excessive fidgeting can indeed be cause for concern. But what remains shrouded still in this air of general disapproval and unnecessariness that almost always follows any display of the fidgeting tendencies is a surprising aspect of it. Contrary to popular perception of being fidgety entailing as an alternative of inattentiveness and in meaninglessness, these seemingly small and therefore insignificant movements of the body harbour within them purposes galore. Surprisingly steeped in the positives as being a driver of health benefits and wellness is this long languishing forum of the fuss and fiddles that therefore is deserving of much more hippie music than what it usually faces across all the very ‘disruptive’ foot tapping assertion of it.
But before exploring with wonder the other necessities of which fidgeting has been established to be in perfect sync with, it would perhaps be more apt if we begin by encountering the essence of it along an awareness essentially contrary to its holding in popular belief. Even in its forever continuing alliance with inattentiveness, what has emerged is that fidgeting and focus actually can find expression more as activities in symbiosis rather than being the other way round. As a way to channel the myriad meanderings of the forever wandering human mind, fidgeting affords us higher intensities of concentration in its essence of being a physical activity first and a possible distraction later. Even across such trivial almost assertions of a little foot-tapping or gum chewing what occurs is an increase in the levels of the neurotransmitters in the brain that which ultimately goes on to chart their effects on our quantum of focus and attention. That though would be an entailing out of more conscious workings of the still fidgeting indeed genre of bodily behavior but the fact stands nevertheless is that such repetitive actions in seeming nothingness can amount indeed to many a substantial somethings when it comes to asserting its influence across the realms of the mental.
Fidgeting therefore can be much more wholesome than what it is actually considered as an activity in annoying incessance and in such assertions that are rather simplistic as well in their deciphering. Primarily in its nature as manifesting some sort of a physical activity whether it be a twiddling of the thumb or bouncing the knees or such other universal indeed plays by the body, fidgeting ends up as very efficient a sort of therapy in its physicality. And the benefits availed out of this costless, effortless dive into wellness can be numerous as well. The most striking might be fidgeting occurring as some sort of exercise that amusingly aids therefore the so pounced upon premise of weight loss. That might not amount to figures massive indeed to guarantee complete disbalance of the measuring scale but in its ease and convenience, fidgeting still is efficient indeed when it comes to burning calories. It however is not as insignificant as well, given that fidgeting throughout the day have been found to be burning of ten times more calories than sitting still. The premise though is not so far fetched- being an activity in constant motion makes fidgeting a form of cardio that what explains its inclination to offset the weighty woes at least to some extent.
This cutting out of the adverse effects of an existence whiled away in too much sitting finds extension also across other areas of a healthy life that can be phenomenal indeed in the ‘grandeur’ of what fidgeting makes more than enough scope for. Particularly in relation to such life threatening illnesses as cardiovascular diseases or diabetes as well as across the whole chartings of mortality itself, fidgeting can make a difference in abrupting the prolonged sedentary lifestyle. By simply amping the flow of blood through the body, fidgeting can present a case in relative healthiness including such ‘heartening’ measures of strengthening the pumping organ. These effects of the small moves of the body though tend to be more pronounced along its lower portion, particularly since fidgeting tends to generally affirm as a movement of the legs or feet. Fidgeting along such moments of the day when we need to be confined within a specific seating arrangement can help combat the harmful effects of reduced blood flow and compromised artery function to fair enough extents of it. In such tapping and bouncing or swaying motion of the legs and/ or the feet emerges a protective mechanism for the arteries not losing out on the required flow of blood through them which helps stave off much possible arterial damage. Preventing therefore a decline in leg vascular function by its most common and prominent occurrence as well along the lower limbs is what fidgeting effectively ensures, the corresponding goodness of which is what lends to such parallel assertions as a boost to cardiovascular health.
Venturing into the alleys of wellness more psychological than physical sees fidgeting span out its benefits across a particular spectrum of existence that is of tremendous concern in its routinely certain experience in today’s world. Such minor movements of the body can be an effective coping mechanism against stress in the continuous, repetitive nature of their behavior, acting as a ritual of sorts for people to seek out the comforts of predictability or certainty. Specifically across a range of fidgeting behavior that necessarily focusses on contact, say pulling of hair or scratching of skin, the release of stress is surprisingly efficient, endowing therefore one with a certain therapeutic calmness indeed. Mild assertions of this behavior otherwise regarded in much disdain can also help the mind to divert itself from unnecessary thoughts that arise during boredom by demanding instead its concentration upon what is ultimately some sort of concrete activity. Particularly in people with attention deficit disorders, fidgeting can be even more reaping of benefits as it leads to increased focus and a heightened sense of alertness and elicits hence a more coherent process of thoughts as well as more expressive a deliverance of them. And because fidgeting can at times stem from experiences of anxiety, consciously taking to different expressions of this behavior can even in fact calm down the nerves while serving as a potent tonic for recall when encountered say along the realms of a classroom.
Even in its involuntary, unconscious manner of working therefore, this trifling yet bothersome habit of what regulates indeed a vast variety of our human nature speaks of a deeply embedded behavior of somewhat genetic basis. Regulated in turn- even if partially- by the principal bodily organ of the brain and impacting indeed the mechanism of this very vital functional control center of the body are a many of the fidgeting frills arising out of an intriguing premise. As an antidote to the very ills from which it emerges and through which it persists as well, fidgeting as a lifestyle assertion even outside its purview bounded by choice is one that is dominant even across its diminutive details of manifestation. In fact so essential is this adherence to a largely irritating pattern of human behavior that there even exists a whole category of fidget toys designed to help users yield the benefits of fidgeting. But just like every other natural course along which life ambles, fidgeting too is as potently delivering of its benefits as possible when it happens to be those mindless but maverick still sways of the body of which it essentially embodies.